ZAPAD

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Later this year, Russia will launch what could be the largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War. Known as Zapad 2017, this exercise will get underway on September 14. It will test contingency plans for a full-scale conflict with NATO and interoperability with Belarus and the Commonwealth Security Treaty Organization. In the past, Russia has used military exercises as cover to invade neighboring states - as seen with Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Will Zapad 2017 be a harmless and transparent military exercise or will it act as a springboard for conflict on Europe's doorstep? Cutting through this fog of fact and disinformation, CEPA StratCom is launching "The Road to Zapad 2017" - an in-depth resource to track and analyze the lead up to Zapad 2017 and its outcomes. Read the latest on The Road to Zapad 2017. 

Photo: TASS/Valery Matytsin